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Saturday, November 15, 2003


 
OMIGOD ITS TRUE!

FOX NEWS: Intelligence Report Links Saddam, Usama

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein gave terror lord Usama bin Laden's thugs financial and logistical support, offering Al Qaeda money, training and haven for more than a decade, it was reported yesterday...

AND HERE'S THE SHOCKING PROOF


 
BUSH GIVES 2 TITS UP TO BRIT TABLOID

Prez in Topless Tabloid
London Paper Nabs Rare Bush Exclusive

By Dana Milbank, Washington Post Staff Writer

...Bush, meanwhile, has given no solo interviews this year to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time or Newsweek. And he hasn't given an exclusive interview in his entire presidency to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and dozens of other major publications.

So why did Bush choose the tabloid that last raised international attention by publishing topless pictures of Prince Edward's fiancee? It's because the Sun has huge, uh, circulation. "It has a large readership," McClellan said. Indeed, about 3.5 million Britons are said to buy it each day -- all of them, of course, for the articles. ...

...Word on Fleet Street is it's an obvious payoff to the Sun's owner, Rupert Murdoch, the conservative publisher behind many Bush-friendly news outlets such as Fox News...


 
GROWTH INDUSTRY?

IRAQI INSURGENTS EMPLOY SCORES OF BOMB-MAKERS

WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Sunni insurgents in Iraq have employed scores of employees and facilities for the production of mines and remote-controlled bombs in an operation that has become significantly more expensive over the last two months.

U.S. commanders said Sunni insurgents, particularly foreign Arab fighters, are being paid up to 10 times the amount they used to receive in August to attack U.S. military forces. The commanders attributed this to the increasing casualties among the insurgents....
LINK

OR ... they could be earning bonuses...


 
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open eyes, open ears, open minds


 
U.S. NOW TAKING HOSTAGES IN IRAQ

U.S. Detains Relatives of Suspects in Iraq Attacks, Military Denies Claims That It Takes Hostages

By Anthony Shadid, Washington Post Foreign Service, Thursday, November 6, 2003; Page A21

...As the U.S. military searches for tactics to break an escalating guerrilla war in a region where grievances tend to accumulate but rarely fade, few occurrences have unleashed more anger and etched deeper the cultural divide than several recent arrests of wanted men's relatives -- particularly women -- in Khaldiya and nearby hamlets in the Euphrates River valley. Some villagers insist the relatives have been taken as hostages to force fugitives to turn themselves in, a charge the military has denied....
LINK


 
BUYING YOUR VOTE

Tax refunds expected to jump 27%

By Barbara Hagenbaugh, USA TODAY, Fri Nov 14, 6:22 AM ET

Taxpayers' refund checks will increase nearly 27% to an average $2,500 per family early next year, according to new forecasts from tax experts and economists, who say the windfalls will aid consumers, the economy and President Bush's re-election campaign.
LINK


 
THEY DIED FOR HALLIBURTON

Contractors' Deaths Add to Iraq Toll: Civilians Killed, Wounded in Rebuilding

By Seth Porges, NEW YORK -- EDITOR AND PUBLISHER

Although the total number of American troops killed in Iraq is 397, as of Nov. 13, the overall American death count is higher. One group whose deaths often go unreported are independent contractors from American corporations working in the war-torn country. These fatalities, often from mines and ambushes, are rarely reported by newspapers and are not listed in the Pentagon's official death toll.

"I know contractors are not reported there," Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Joe Yoswa said about the official Operation Iraqi Freedom death toll. "I can tell you the contractors' names are not listed in the roll-up."

The Washington Post reported Friday that nine civilians working for the government have died in attacks in Iraq since the war began. Another 29 have been wounded and dozens have had close calls....
LINK


 
ARE JIHADIS COMING IN WITH THE PILGRIMS?

Iranian pilgrims risk lives crossing border

By Angus McDowall in Tehran, 15 November 2003

Thousands of Iranians are crossing the poorly-policed border with Iraq to make the pilgrimage to the Shia shrine cities of Kerbala and Najaf. Many of them are crossing with the apparent nod of low-level officials on both sides, despite fears that foreign agents are leaking into Iraq to foment violent unrest....
LINK

- As in Viet Nam the biggest problem is telling who is the enemy.



Friday, November 14, 2003


 
SCHWARTZY PLAYING HOOKIE WHILE PRETENDING TO WORK

Schwarzenegger in Hawaii: Luau or Labor?

Thu Nov 13, 9:09 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For many days, aides have portrayed California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as hard at work in meetings on his new administration which takes office on Monday.

It turns out that the actor and his wife Maria Shriver have been vacationing in Hawaii with their four children, a person close to the family told Reuters.

"They took the children off to Hawaii," he said on Wednesday, adding that the couple's kids missed some school as a result of the pre-inaugural travels...
LINK

-No reason to wait till after the inaugural to start the deceptions...


 
OUTRAGEOUS... 9-11 COVERUP CONTINUES -- COMMISSION ALLOWS WHITE HOUSE TO EDIT DOCUMENTS

Deal on 9/11 Briefings Lets White House Edit Papers

By PHILIP SHENON, NY TIMES, Published: November 14, 2003

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 — The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said on Thursday that its deal with the White House for access to highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports would let the White House edit the documents before they were released to the commission's representatives...

...A Democrat on the panel who has criticized the accord, former Representative Timothy J. Roemer of Indiana, said in an interview that he believed that the panel had agreed to terms that would let the White House edit the reports to remove the contexts in which the intelligence was presented and to hide any "smoking guns."

"The President's Daily Brief can run 9 to 12 pages long," Mr. Roemer said. "But under this agreement, the commission will be allowed to see only specific articles or paragraphs within the P.D.B.'s. Our members may see only two or three paragraphs out of a nine-page report."

He said the commission should have insisted on access to the full reports, because "you need the context of how the P.D.B. was presented to the president in order to determine whether or not there were smoking guns."

The other Democratic critic on the panel, former Senator Max Cleland of Georgia, has described the agreement as unconscionable....
MORE


 
30 Media Outlets Protest Treatment in Iraq

Claim: Reporters Harassed, Tapes Confiscated

By Editor & Publisher Staff, NOVEMBER 13, 2003

NEW YORK -- In two separate letters to the Pentagon, the press claims that U.S. troops are harassing journalists in Iraq and sometimes confiscating equipment, digital camera disks and videotapes.

The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) wrote a letter of protest to Larry Di Rita, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. Some soldiers' actions "appear intended to discourage journalists from covering the continued military action in Iraq," wrote APME President Stuart Wilk, also vice president/managing editor at The Dallas Morning News.

"These actions are unacceptable and contrary to the Pentagon's own guidelines distributed to troops in the field," Wilk wrote. The harassment has deprived "the American public of crucial images from Iraq in newspapers, broadcast stations and online news operations."...
link


 
USA TODAY ARTICLE SAYS IRAQI RESISTANCE HAS BETTER INTEL THAN U.S.

I've posted on the Spy Game a USA TODAY article that confirms again my report about Iraqi moles inside US security parameters, and the weakness of the current intel on specific threats.

..."The intelligence on the Americans is comprehensive and detailed,'' says the Iraqi, who insisted on not being identified and spoke to a reporter in a private home rather than at a restaurant or hotel to avoid being observed. He says guerrillas get detailed reports on what is going on inside the palace grounds occupied by Paul Bremer, the chief U.S. civilian administrator, Bremer's staff and the Governing Council. Again on Tuesday, guerrillas fired mortar rounds into the ''Green Zone,'' a heavily secured area of central Baghdad that includes Bremer's headquarters.... link



Thursday, November 13, 2003


 
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ AL GORE'S LAST SPEECH...

You should now...


 
SAD SACK IRAQ

Keystone Kolonialists

Matt Bivens, THE NATION, 11/12/03


Another massive car-bombing, as we put our troops in the position of gagging people with tape simply for speaking, as the CIA warns the security situation in Iraq will only worsen; as we struggle impatiently with our 25 hand-picked Iraqi rulers, accidentally shoot at one of them, accidentally shoot and kill another, accidentally shoot apart a truck carrying live chickens and in the process kill five civilians, including two boys.



And we're dropping 500-pound bombs. Five hundred pound bombs! The Associated Press reports that we dropped three such monsters over the weekend near Fallujah "after three US paratroopers were wounded in an ambush." We did the same thing last week outside Tikrit after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed, killing all six soldiers on board. Military officials said then they didn't know the cause of the Black Hawk crash, though they also said initial findings "discount the use of surface-to-air missiles as a possible cause." Nevertheless, as AP reports, the decision was taken to punish the entire general area of the Black Hawk crash: "US troops fired mortars around the crash site and Air Force jets dropped at least three 500-pound bombs on the same area. US commanders said they were trying to warn the locals against supporting insurgents."




I've seen this in Chechnya and believe me, when you start fighting a guerrilla war with carpet-bombing, you've lost. Period. Or you've lost unless you're willing to go for the final solution and carpet-bomb everyone, everywhere. As Tom Englehardt notes in one of his excellent TomDispatch.com posts, raining indiscriminate fire-power on the same general area as a crashed or downed helicopter is not a well-thought policy. Instead, it represents "collective punishment, though (as in Vietnam) it's seldom reported that way in our media; a collective punishment assumedly ordered from on high in a spirit of revenge for the dead, and possibly for the humiliations of the week, with a distinct edge of frustration undoubtedly thrown in for good measure ... and it takes us a small way toward the mindset that turned much of South Vietnam into a 'free fire zone' in which anything that moved was fair game and, inevitably, it takes us into the world of war crimes."

LINK


 
GROPY AND CHIMPY ARE P.N.G. IN BAJA

Bush and Schwarzenegger: Personae non gratae in Mexico?

By Barnard R. Thompson, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, November 12, 2003

In a politically motivated act that can only be described as asinine, deputies in the state legislature of Baja California Sur are proposing to declare Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger a persona non grata. Moreover, should the initiative be approved, Schwarzenegger will become the second undesirable and unwelcome representative of the American people so designated in recent times.

The state's first persona non grata was – is – President George W. Bush...
LINK

-not so asinine, can't we declare them PNG here?


 
SEN. BYRD WARNS NEW BILL SETS STAGE FOR SYRIA INVASION

US Syria bill could lead to invasion

Wednesday 12 November 2003, AL JAZEERA

A tough sanctions measure approved by Congress against Syria could lead to a future invasion of the country, a prominent US lawmaker has said.

Senator Robert Byrd, an outspoken critic of US Middle East policy, said on Tuesday that he feared the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Act would be used to justify future military action against Damascus.

"The United States is justified in seeking to apply political and economic pressure on Syria to change its foreign policy," the West Virginia Democrat said.

But he highlighted one particular section of the bill that referred to "hostile actions" by Syria against US-led forces in Iraq.

"I have not seen any evidence that would lead me to believe that it is the government of Syria that is responsible for the attacks against our troops in Iraq," Byrd said.

"Such insinuations can only build the case for military action against Syria, which unfortunately is a very real possibility because of the dangerous doctrine of preemption created by the administration," he said.

Byrd said the vote in favour of sanctions "could too easily be used to imply congressional support for pre-emptive military action against a rogue state".

"I will vote against this bill because of that dangerous course that it may portend," he said before the vote....
LINK


 
CHICKEN HAWK DOWN

Tom Tommorrow's latest...



 
BUSHCO COVERS UP ONE OF THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS IN U.S. HISTORY

The Bush administration is covering up the nation's largest coal slurry spill at the Martin County Coal Company which occurred in Inez, Kt., on Oct. 11, 2000.

A coal slurry impoundment is a reservoir of thick liquid waste from coal processing that is constructed by damming the mouth of a valley with rock and earth. To residents living near these impoundments, they are disasters waiting to happen. The EPA called the Inez spill the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the Eastern United States. Far more extensive in damage than the widely known 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, the Martin County Coal slurry spill dumped an estimated 306 million gallons of toxic sludge down 100 miles of waterways...

-Why? You guessed it - Martin is a big Republican contributor. link


 
BUSH'S A.D.D. MAY BE OUT OF CONTROL

ADD President?

Posted by Lew Rockwell at November 12, 2003 10:48 AM

Daniel McAdams, foreign policy scholar, writes: "We went to the celebration at Arlington Cemetery yesterday -- not knowing that the President would speak . A trip to Arlington is always the most poignant reminder of the costs of war...

"Initial impressions were disturbing: President Bush was physically unable to stand still as the Colors were being presented -- he kept bopping his head to the march music and talking and laughing to a very still and stiff Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, who was doing his best to stand at attention and ignore the president's repeated attempts to strike up a conversation during that solemn procession. All of the others on the dais were utterly still and at attention as the Colors were being presented, with either a salute or a hand on heart. Only the president was acting like a kid with ADD during a Ritalin shortage...
LINK

-Scary... Hey Secret Service, try to keep this guy away from the Nuclear trigger, ok?


 
NEW CIA REPORT SHOWS CIA FIGHTING BACK

The leak of the latest pessimistic CIA report shows the agency is fighting back against forces in the Administration who promote disinformation or seek to blame policy mistakes on the CIA. I've posted more on it on THE SPY GAME


 
Brave Face Belies Administration's Panic

by Jim Lobe, ANTIWAR.COM, November 13, 2003

While maintaining a brave face on the accelerating stream of bad news coming out of Baghdad, the administration of President George W. Bush appears increasingly at a loss, not to say panicked, about what to do.

This week's abrupt and unscheduled return here by L. Paul Bremer, Washington's proconsul in Baghdad, for top-level White House consultations, as well as the partial leak of a pessimistic Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report on public attitudes in Iraq, pushed the administration off balance....

...In coming here, Bremer was forced to cancel a long-planned meeting in Baghdad with visiting Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller. Despite public opposition, Miller's government has supplied more troops to the occupation than any other country, except the United States and Britain, and last week lost an officer to hostile fire in Iraq.

"Standing up Miller of all people is not conducive to getting other countries to send troops," noted one Congressional aide....
LINK


 
Japan Stalls Iraq Deployment After Suicide Bombing

By Rosalind Russell

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Japan ruled out on Thursday any rapid dispatch of forces to Iraq in another setback for U.S. stabilization efforts a day after a devastating suicide attack on Italian troops in the south.
link

- I guess they don't like the Coalition's new slogan: "Join the Coalition and see Iraq. Meet new people and be killed by them."



Wednesday, November 12, 2003


 
BUSH BODY COUNT GOES UP AGAIN

Not the Iraq one, the Bush Family enemies one. (as in BushBodyCount.com)

Latest was Margie Schoedinger, the woman who allegedly filed a lawsuit against George W. Bush in December 2002, claiming that she had been raped, has died of a gunshot wound to the head, registered officially as "suicide". as reported in Pravda (but not in the US).

She joins Bush biographer J.W. Hatfield and Enron executive Cliff Baxter who after his death apparently climbed back into his car and who left a block letter (i.e. easily forged) suicide note. And others...

What did they all have in common? They all had something on the man Hatfield called the "Fortunate Son".

BTW Isn't it interesting that the Bush rape charges got NO play in the media. Not exactly like Gennifer Flowers, is it?

Thx: maru the crankpot


 
ONE MORE EX-CIA OFFICIAL COMES FORWARD ON IRAQ INTEL SCAM

I've posted on the Spy Game a longer excerpt of which this is a part:

...“The justifications for that war were completely counter to everything that I had learned in that 20-odd years of government service working on the Middle East,” Molan told Democracy Now!. “I was simply outraged by the twisting and turning of intelligence information that I had helped develop to what was clearly, to my mind, a preordained policy decision that I felt to be profoundly wrong. Nothing about this suggests that Saddam Hussein was anything but a brutal dictator. He was. But that's not why we went to war.”

Molan said that due to restrictions on revealing classified information, he cannot discuss details of his work on the bin Laden/9-11 investigation. “But what I can tell you,” he said. “Is that my involvement, my direct, immediate involvement, day-to-day involvement with Veterans for Peace arises precisely out of the subsequent decision by the Bush administration to go to war with Iraq.” ....
link


 
AN ESSAY ON IRAQ AND PROGRESSIVE POLITICS
You may want to check out: "An Uncivil War"


 
MAJOR COMBAT RESUMES IN IRAQ

Twenty four deaths today. US launching air strikes in Tikrit. Civilian administrator Paul Bremer's role to be scaled back. General Vows to Intensify U.S. Response to Attackers.

I'd say it was Major Combat. Or as I said two weeks ago... Gulf War 2.5

I guess its time to knock down more Saddam statues.


 
SCREW THE RAINFORESTS, LET'S PACIFY IRAQ

U.K. will cut aid to Amazonia to help Iraq

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom will cut funds for saving the Amazon rainforest and preserving the culture of its people to help rebuild Iraq.

The move was made after the government's decision to pour some $900 million into the rebuilding of Iraq, the London Independent reported Tuesday...
LINK

-Thanks a bunch, guys.


 
DEFEAT IS POSSIBILITY IN IRAQ SAYS CIA

Can the US actually be defeated - not just bogged down - but defeated in Iraq? That is the possibility raised in the assessment by the CIA yesterday. At least that's how its being reported outside the reach of our Soviet-style controlled press. To wit:

CIA warns of defeat

13nov03, HERALD SUN, AUSTRALIA

- A TOP-secret CIA report warns that growing numbers of Iraqis believe the US-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance.

The report paints a bleak picture of the political and security situation and cautions that the US-led drive to rebuild the country as a democracy could collapse.

Paul Bremer, head of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, who arrived unexpectedly in Washington for strategy sessions yesterday, endorsed the CIA's findings, a senior administration official said...

LINK



Tuesday, November 11, 2003


 
JANE'S DEFENSE WEEKLY PREDICTS TURNING POINT IN RUSSIAN STATE

A tsar is born

05 November 2003- With the detention of Russia's richest man and boss of Yukos, the country's largest oil company, it is becoming clear that Russia is undergoing a profound political convulsion. This amounts to nothing less than the birth of the Second Russian Republic since the end of communism.

The new republic will continue to be a mixture of market and state-controlled economic forces. But it will be a country in which President Vladimir Putin controls both the political and economic levers of power.

The Russian president has staged his own coup. And, although the battle is still unfolding, we predict that Putin will win and the oligarchs who controlled the Russian economy will be cut down to size.

But the outcome will be the same: a Russia that resembles more the economy of Latin American states, where making money is always related to political connections, and where political power is always connected to economic connections...
LINK

-Or even more likely, in my view, is that it represents the beginning of a turning away from capitalism to market socialism.


 
THE MAN IN THE VAN

Chris Suellentrop's review of "One-Car Caravan: On the Road with the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In," by Walter Shapiro. Public-Affairs, 215 pages, $26.

...Already, in late 2003, the "bubble" that has begun to surround the Democratic candidates means that the campaigns become more stage-managed and the candidates more remote; interviews get parceled out to reporters in 10-minute segments. That’s why USA Today political columnist Walter Shapiro decided to begin his coverage of the 2004 Presidential campaign earlier than ever, in 2002 and early 2003...

...There aren’t a lot of surprises in Mr. Shapiro’s portraits of the candidates. Howard Dean comes across as both a shrewd politician and a frugal one—he stays overnight in supporters’ homes rather than hotels, he frets over the cost of a campaign pamphlet, and he flies Southwest Airlines. Mr. Shapiro does worry, however, that Dr. Dean, to put it charitably, prefers "powerful narrative over literal truth." Dr. Dean tells a "partially deceptive" tale (which he still uses on the stump) to explain his opposition to parental notification for abortion: When he was a doctor, he treated a 12-year-old girl who he believed had been impregnated by her father. But Dr. Dean omits a critical element of the story: Though the girl was sexually abused, Dr. Dean ultimately discovered that she wasn’t abused by her father. In a more worrisome moment, Dr. Dean tells a story to Mr. Shapiro in September 2002 that he flatly denies 11 months later to Larry King. Mr. Shapiro likes and admires the former Vermont governor, but the episode leaves him queasy about "the candidate I probably agree with the most on the issues." (Also, a note to Dr. Dean: tell your fund-raising director to take down the 1984 "Mondale for President" poster in her office.)

As for the other candidates, Dick Gephardt lacks the charisma of a Dean or a John Edwards, but he compensates for being boring ("Bob Dole without the humor, Lyndon Johnson without the earthiness") with the "Old Economy virtues" of "solidity," "good spirits" and "loyalty." Joe Lieberman’s appeal is his "balanced temperament," but he’s also "strangely impenetrable," a man who "brandishes his surface affability as a weapon to keep other people, especially reporters, at a distance." Mr. Edwards ("his whole being a study in inchoate charisma") represents the "beguiling Democratic myth" of a Southern white knight, but he’s agonizingly indecisive—when he’s fretting over whether he’s up to the job of the Presidency or when he’s hiring campaign staff.

John Kerry is the candidate whose up-close persona contradicts his media caricature, Mr. Shapiro writes. Rather than a "haughty, overly ambitious patrician who is a bit too slick in his eagerness to exploit his heroism in Vietnam," the Massachusetts Senator turns out to be the candidate Mr. Shapiro personally likes best—the one "with whom I would most enjoy going out for a beer." Although it’s true that Mr. Kerry can be "tense, defensive, and curiously tone-deaf," he’s also "a hands-on candidate, a toucher." Most important, the wistful and cerebral Mr. Kerry seems "just depressed enough to be interesting."

His position on the Iraq war turns out to be not quite as tortured and shifting as it’s frequently made out to be, though it is difficult to sum up in a sound bite. Mr. Kerry himself may have put it best when he tried to explain his vote for the Congressional war resolution in October 2002: "My vote was cast in a way that made it very clear, Mr. President, I’m voting for you to do what you said you’re going to do, which is to go through the U.N. and do this through an international process. If you go unilaterally, without having exhausted these remedies, I’m not supporting you. And if you decide that this is just a matter of straight pre-emptive doctrine for regime-change purposes without regard to the imminence of the threat, I’m not going to support you." By the same token, Mr. Dean’s position on the war is more subtle than you might think—witness his statement from February 2003: "Remember, I did not say that I would not use unilateral force against Saddam. What I said was, ‘He is not an imminent threat to the United States.’"...
link:


 
CIVILIAN TOLL IN IRAQ MUCH HIGHER THAN BELIEVED, SAYS BRIT GROUP

According to a report released today by Medact.org:

The war on Iraq and its aftermath exacted a heavy toll on combatants and civilians, who paid and continue to pay the price in death, injury and mental and physical ill health. Between 21,700 and 55,000 people died between March 20 and October 20, 2003 (the date on which this report went to press), while the health and environmental consequences of the conflict will be felt for many years to come. link

This is 3-5 times higher than previous estimates of confirmable deaths by IraqBodyCount.net. The US no longer estimates civilian casualties.

“We don’t do body counts” said General Tommy Franks, CINC - US Central Command last spring.


 
DID US SOLDIERS TIE UP IRAQI WOMEN AND CHILDREN?


-Fearful women and children are bound by US soldiers

Shocking images shame US forces

by Yvonne Ridley and Lawrence Smallman, AL JAZEERA, Sunday 09 November 2003 9:46 PM GMT
A series of shocking pictures revealing US soldiers tying up Iraqi women and children in their own home has provoked international outrage.

The occupying forces have now come under renewed fire for their treatment of ordinary Iraqis as shown in the pictures published today by Aljazeera.net....

...This latest series of pictures was sent to US military headquarters Centcom in Florida for a comment. Major David Farlow warned Aljazeera.net not to publish the pictures on this site...
LINK


-This picture shows a US soldier frisking a four-year-old Afghan

(Captions from Al Jazeera)


 
LARRY FLYNT IS LESS OF A PIMP THAN BUSH

Larry Flynt protects nude photos of Jessica Lynch

By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Porn king Larry Flynt, casting himself in the unlikely role of white knight to U.S. Army private Jessica Lynch, said on Tuesday he bought semi-nude photos of the former POW "to keep them out of circulation."

The Hustler publisher and free speech crusader said he acquired the snapshots of Lynch from two soldiers who served with her. The slight blond became a national hero after she was wounded and taken prisoner during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March.

"I purchased them at first with the intention of publishing them, however, I quickly changed my mind and decided simply to keep them out of circulation," Flynt said...

... Flynt, a vocal critic of the Iraq conflict, described Lynch as a pawn in the U.S. government's "cynical attempt to create a 'hero' who can 'sell' the war to the American people."...
link


 
WHY IGUANAS HAVE MORE FUN!

They're good kissers!


 
AMERICA'S NEW #1 EXPORT - THE SO-CALLED "FREE SPEECH" ZONES

'Exclusion zone' for Bush visit

(BBC) Peace protesters planning a march to mark the US president's state visit next week say police are planning to seal off large parts of central London....

...Campaign spokesman John Rees told BBC London: "It seems as if they (the police) are going to comply with the White House's request to create an exclusion zone in central London during George Bush's visit.

"And they have told the Stop the War Coalition they won't agree to a route that goes through Parliament Square or Whitehall."...

"The Americans are actually running the security operation in London as well... I'm getting a bit alarmed about the degree of invasion of our capital by the Americans.

"The idea of closing off large parts of London to ensure that President Bush is taken well away from any protests or demonstrators seems a little insensitive and an enormous inconvenience to an awful lot of people."...
LINK


 
NO FREE SPEECH FOR IRAQIS

U.S. troops arrest Iraqi for criticising them

Tue 11 November, 2003 12:41

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man's mouth as they arrested him for speaking out against occupation troops.

Asked why the man had been arrested on Tuesday and put into the back of a Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer told Reuters at the scene: "This man has been detained for making anti-coalition statements."

He refused to say what the man said.

A U.S. military spokesman said he had no immediate information on the incident.

U.S. politicians and military commanders often say they toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein so that Iraqis can enjoy free speech and democracy after years of iron-fisted rule.

Another U.S. soldier swore at Iraqis as he ordered them to move back. School teachers and young students looked on....
LINK

-If those Iraqi don't like how we run things, they should go back where they came from.... Uh, or whatever....


 
WE'RE NOT "GRASPING", WE'RE F*KING DESPARATE!

Rumsfeld says U.S. not grasping for Iraq exit plan

By Will Dunham, MSNBC

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday the Bush administration was not grasping for an exit strategy in Iraq by fielding hastily trained Iraqi security forces, and said his top commanders have assured him the insurgency is under control...
LINK

-And thats why Bremer suddenly bolted Iraq for a White House meeting, cancelling a meeting with the Polish Prime Minister.... to spread the GOOD NEWS!


 
US KNOCKS OFF ERSTWHILE ALLY

U.S.-Appointed Iraqi Council Leader Killed

By Anthony Shadid and Fred Barbash, Washington Post Staff Writers,Monday, November 10, 2003; 10:50 AM

BAGHDAD, Nov. 10 -- Iraqis marched in anger through the streets here Monday after the killing of an American-appointed local Iraqi council leader by U.S. military guards under disputed circumstances....

...The shooting of the Iraqi leader illustrated the inherently sensitive and increasingly tense relationship between the American occupiers here and Iraqis installed by the United States in official positions.

The council was appointed by U.S. authorities here to help govern Sadr City, an impoverished, largely Shiite section of Baghdad with a population of about 2 million people. American troops guard the council offices....
LINK

- I think we can say that having alienated our own apointed Iraqis, and now having killed one of them, that we are in deep doo-doo.



Monday, November 10, 2003


 
A VETERAN'S DAY WITHOUT HONOR

This year the Veteran's Day speech should be this essay by William Rivers Pitt entitled "Without Honor". Pitt was the Co-author of "War on Iraq" with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, the only people willing to stand up to Bush before the war and state that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, & who underwent tremendous vilification for that stance.


 
MEME OF THE WEEK: MAKE GOOGLE FIND THAT GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE ANTICHRIST

Why is Google in the Headline and why is the type so big? See post below.

Anyway, remember all the fun we had with George W. Bush = miserable failure?

I say we do the same thing with George Bush is the Anti-christ. I said again recently that Bush was the anti-christ, so hopefully Google will notice that Bush Is indeed the Anti-christ. Did I mention he was the Anti-Christ?


 

COSMIC IGUANA BIDS FOR LIBERAL GOOGLE TRAFFIC



How Poison Kitchen took on George W. Bush and was no longer banished to searches about farting dogs:

According to "Mention Google often and Prominently And Watch the Google Traffic Arrive! And Other True Myths!", Google mentions and a few other tricks help get Google to your site. Most of thing he suggests I can't do in Blogger, because unlike Typepad its cheap and pathetic, but I present it here in case you may benefit.

BTW I also did a story on farting dogs, and it didn't link to me (at least until now)


 
DICK CHENEY'S "MAD LEADER" STRATEGY

Calpundit has posted this article by Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow on his neighbor Big-Time Dick:

...I spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill during the winter of 1981-82. I lobbied over a hundred Congressmen and Senators against a policy [the MX missile] that seemed to me the craziest thing that human beings had ever proposed. The only member of Congress who knew more about it than I did was Dick Cheney.

Veteran Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory accompanied me on one of my futile visits to his office, where she spent better than an hour listening to us argue about "circular errors probable" and "MIRV decoys" and the other niceties of nuclear nightmare. When we were leaving, she, who had seen a lot of politicians in her long day, turned to me and said, "I think your guy Cheney is the most dangerous person I've ever seen up here." At that point, I agreed with her.

What I was not thinking about, however, was the technique I once used to avoid being run off the road by Mexican bus drivers, back when their roads were narrower and their bus drivers even more macho. Whenever I saw a bus barrelling down the centerline at me, I would start driving unpredictably, weaving from shoulder to shoulder as though
muy borracho. As soon as I started to radiate dangerously low regard for my own preservation, the bus would slow down and move over...

...they are trying to convince every other nation on the planet that the United States is the Mother of All Rogue States, run by mad thugs in possession of 15,000 nuclear warheads they are willing to use and spending, as they already are, more on death-making capacity than all the other countries on the planet combined. In other words, they want the rest of the world to think that we are the ultimate weaving driver. Not to be trusted, but certainly not to be messed with either.

By these terrible means, they will create a world where war conducted by any country but the United States will seem simply too risky and the Great American Peace will begin. Unregulated Global Corporatism will be the only permissible ideology, every human will have access to McDonald's and the Home Shopping Network, all "news" will come through some variant of AOLTimeWarnerCNN, the Internet will be run by Microsoft, and so it will remain for a long time. Peace. On Prozac....
link

- But Barlow explains, Cheney is not evil just brilliant. Decide for yourself.


 
LOVE IT!

Freeway blogger:


 
ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO

Spain's Aznar Will Not Seek Reelection

The prime minister, a key ally of Bush who backed the Iraq war, quits as head of his ruling party.

By Tracy Wilkinson, LA Times Staff Writer, November 9, 2003

MADRID — President Bush is about to lose one of his best friends in Europe.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has decided to step aside as head of the ruling Popular Party and will not run for a third term in elections in March....

...Some Spaniards, including a number within Aznar's party, believe the cost of their prime minister's relationship with Bush has been too high: a loss of influence in Europe without much to show in national, strategic or economic benefit...

"People in the party are starting to wonder, what did Spain actually get?" said Joaquin Roy, a Spanish analyst who heads the European Union Center at the University of Miami. "Some people don't feel Spain's only alliance should be with the United States. The future is with Europe."
LINK

-You're next, Messrs Bush and Blair!


 
DISLOYALTY? SOLDIER FORCED OUT OF MILITARY FOR LIBERAL VIEWS AFTER CONSERVATIVE RATS HIM OUT

Liberal views force soldier out of military

I am writing this in response to a series of letters published by The Item, beginning with my own letter on March 14, 2003 titled "Bush Shows Arrogance Not Leadership." In it, I discussed the relevance of United Nations approval prior to the War in Iraq, as well as the consequences of "going at it alone." Following the printing of my letter, a pair of readers retaliated by attacking my loyalty and ability to "cover their son's back." The more striking of the two had this to say:

"If Sgt. E-5 Ferriol is who he says he is and is in the job he claims he is in, I think about now he will be in front of his commander answering a lot of questions concerning his loyalty, the enlistment oath and above all the oath he took to get the security clearance to be in the job he claims to be in. I would not want a person with his views in a foxhole next to me nor could I rely on intelligence analysis he performed that might get me killed. I took what I think is the correct action, cut the article out of the paper, wrote a cover letter and sent it to the DoD for action."

I would like to take this opportunity to let Mr. Simpson know that I am who I say I am and I was in the job I said I was in. I honorably served my country for eight years in the United States Marine Corps; providing honest intelligence analysis and collecting countless awards and promotions throughout my career. I was also a leader and mentor to scores of young men and women. In those eight years, I sacrificed more of myself for this country than most men and women ever will in their lifetime. But, thanks to the zeal and quick judgment of this individual, I am no longer serving our beloved country. His forecast was correct. Following his letter to DoD, I was brought up on charges of "Disloyal Statements" under Article 134 of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). Not because anything I wrote was disloyal, but because of my political views and how they differ from Mr. Simpson and others like him. The unfortunate aspect of this is not my demise, but their inability to understand or accept the opinions of others as different from their own. Nonetheless, I was forced to retain an attorney and undergo weeks of scrutiny before being cleared of the charges. I was, however, never allowed to work in Intelligence again; forced to separate the Marine Corps over threats that I would not be allowed to reenlist. Never mind the fact that there is not one single negative mark on my entire eight years of service (the letter incident was considered "hush-hush" so not even that made it on my record), or the fact that every one of my superiors stood up for me during this time, praising my abilities and loyalty to this country. None of that mattered; only my "liberal beliefs." ....
LINK


 
"I swear to God, if you do not take that tape out of that camera, I am going to kill you." - CPA Press Officer

In Baghdad, NBC Comes Under Fire, Twice

By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer, Monday, November 10, 2003; Page C01

It was a world exclusive for NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, the only television reporter able to show footage of the devastating attack on a Baghdad hotel that narrowly missed Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

But some U.S. officials in Iraq raised fierce objections and tried to block Miklaszewski and his cameraman from filming the scene. "The NBC journalists conducted themselves in a wholly inappropriate, uncaring and insensitive manner," says Gary Thatcher, communications chief for the U.S. occupation authority. "Instead of rendering or summoning aid, they focused on gathering video footage of people in agonizingly painful situations . . . in order to boost the ratings."

Says Miklaszewski: "I realized they were very emotional, very upset, that they had been attacked. But frankly, we had a job to do -- cover the attack on the al-Rashid Hotel as best we could. We were being as unobtrusive as we possibly could. . . .

"Our impression was that this was an attempt to censor the news. This event shot holes in the administration's insistence that everything was going well in Baghdad." ...

...Miklaszewski says he is "flabbergasted" that anyone would accuse him of impeding the rescue efforts. In fact, when another journalist, Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, heard moaning from the lieutenant colonel's room down the hall, Long used his camera light to aid rescuers trying to clear debris in the darkness and pull the officer out....

...A British press officer with the CPA says she told the two men while they were filming in the lobby, "I swear to God, if you do not take that tape out of that camera, I am going to kill you."....
LINK


 
ADDING INSULT TO INJURY -- YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS: TO NOT HAVE AN ABORTION

Fury at Bush's civil rights policing of abortion ban

Supreme court showdown likely over measure to outlaw partial-birth terminations

Julian Borger in Washington, Saturday November 8, 2003, The Guardian

The Bush administration has given the US justice department's civil rights division the job of enforcing a contentious new ban on late-term abortions, it emerged yesterday.

The move has provoked furious accusations that the White House is perverting the government's role in promoting civil rights.

In the past, the civil rights division has been instrumental in ensuring black Americans have the right to vote and equal access to housing, while prosecuting hate crimes against minorities.
LINK


 
U.S. Advisor Says Iraq Peace Offer Was a Trap
Sun November 9, 2003 01:43 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A last minute peace deal offered by a top Iraqi official in the run up to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein was a trap designed to discredit U.S. policy, [Richard Perle] an advisor to the Pentagon said on Sunday.... link

-Peace is ALWAYS a trap, isn't it Richard? Then you have to talk about the economy!


 
LYING ABOUT THE WOUNDED?

Seven Thousand Wounded US Soldiers Treated at One Hospital in Germany

From Veterans for Common Sense:

Marni McEntee, Stars and Stripes European edition
http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17821&archive=true
Posted 11/8/2003 10:31:00 PM

November 5, 2003, Summary: The international media needs to report this grim statistic far and wide: More than 7,000 wounded US soldiers have been treated at a single US military hospital in Germany. The counts of wounded treated at other US military hospitals is unknown. An investigation should be launched immediately to determine how and why the US military is downplaying (at best) or concealing (at worst) the high number of wounded from the US - Iraq War ...


 
US PISSED AT OWN PUPPET GOVERNMENT

Ineffective Iraqi council angers its US backers

By Robin Wright in Washington,Rajiv Chandrasekaran in Baghdad, November 10, 2003

Increasingly alarmed by the failure of the Iraqi Governing Council to take decisive action, the Bush Administration is developing possible alternatives to the council to ensure that the US can turn over political power at the same time as troops are withdrawn.

Officials say the US is frustrated by its hand-picked council members, who they say have spent more time on their own political or economic interests than in planning Iraq's political future, especially selecting a committee to write a new constitution.

"We're unhappy with all of them. They're not acting as a legislative or governing body, and we need to get moving," one well-placed US official said. "They just don't make decisions when they need to." ...
LINK

Coupla points here:

1. Like, dude, wasn't this predictable?

2. Or is it they aren't rubberstamping your decisions, like allowing the Turks in?



Sunday, November 09, 2003


 
DICK CHENEY: THREAT OR MENACE?

"Cheney still believes the WMD will turn up somewhere in Iraq—if they aren’t first used against us by terrorists...." -NEWSWEEK

This week's NEWSWEEK cover story:

-BTW Newsweek, shouldn't I get a buck for the plug?


 
SUGGESTION OF THE DAY

Let's just give Iraq to Iran.


 
"I always take off my shoes before I commit suicide"

State Dept. Worker Found Dead Outside Agency

Saturday, November 08, 2003

WASHINGTON — A State Department (search) employee was found dead outside the agency headquarters in Washington, D.C., Friday around 5 p.m., Fox News has confirmed.

State Department sources told The Washington Post that John Kokal (search) worked in a unit that dealt with intelligence and research. Sources said he handled classified documents regularly but was not involved in intelligence analysis.

Police said the official cause and manner of death is to be determined by the D.C. medical examiner, the Post reported.

Fox News has confirmed that Kokal, 58, did work for the State Department Intelligence and Research Bureau (search), but has not yet confirmed that the body is that of Kokal.

Fire Department Spokesman Alan Etter said the man, a white male, was wearing a dress shirt, tie and slacks, but was not wearing shoes nor a suit jacket....
link

-Note: Shoes would be removed if they had something on them to indicate the victim did not die indoors (like mud.)


 
TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN

Or when "good" subsidies go bad (from NY Times):

...United Airlines got $320 million in taxpayer money to build what is by all accounts the most technologically advanced aircraft maintenance center in America. But six months ago, the company walked away, leaving the city and state governments out all that money, and no new tenant in sight.... LINK


 
ANOTHER SIGN THAT MAJOR COMBAT ENDED LAST MAY

U.S. Warplanes Renew Bombing of Iraq Targets

Sun Nov 9, 4:39 PM ET, By Dean Yates

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes bombed targets in Iraq on Sunday in air strikes that resumed last week for the first time in more than six months after the shooting down of three U.S. helicopters...
LINK


 
CLARK'S CRITIQUE IMPRESSES IRAQ WAR INTEL VETS

Clark draws an overflow crowd at Tech

By JIM AUCHMUTEY, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Gen. Wesley Clark brought his presidential campaign to Atlanta on Friday, two young men were waiting with a special reason to enlist in his cause.

Jon Reames and Brad Owens, both recently discharged from military service in the Iraqi war effort, were sitting in the front row at Georgia Tech with the U.S. flag they had used in their barracks in Kuwait draped across their laps.

"I was in Army intelligence and a lot of us were concerned about what the United States was doing over there," said Reames, 21, who was wearing a crisp, new American Legion hat.

"I think General Clark's criticism of President Bush on Iraq is right on the money," chimed in Owens, 32, who had driven with his friend from Augusta.

The general did not disappoint the veterans. In his first campaign appearance in Georgia since joining the Democratic presidential race almost two months ago, Clark told 250 supporters at Georgia Tech that the war in Iraq represents a failure of leadership.

"As your president," he pledged, "I won't get us into a mess like that again."...
LINK


 
TRYING TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS (AS USUAL)

"How does the White House claim executive privilege with respect to
documents pertaining to leaks if the putative executive, Bush, knew
nothing about the leaks and still claims ignorance of the leakers'
identities?"
-- The other Roger Ailes, Oct. 8, 2003


 
SELECTIVE SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT PULLED

From Eric Garris on Antiwar Blog:

Feds Pull Selective Service Announcement from the Web

Within the past week, there has been a bunch of articles about the Pentagon's announcement that they were trying to fill local draft boards.



Within the past 24 hours, the announcement has been pulled from the "Defend America" site run by the DOD. You can still view the Google cache of the page.


The removal follows strong denials from the White House regarding the selective service revival plans.




 
BLOG FAST COMPLETED!

Well, I'm no Jimmy Luv, nor even a David Blaine, but I did go a whole 24 hours without blogging. (though I did peek at a blog or two in the meantime.)

Soon, I may get up the nerve to quit smoking crack. Hoo-ah!




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